We want to hear from people who are able to make a positive contribution to the development of our sport and bring new ideas and insight. It’s an exciting new position with scope for continued professional development in a friendly and supportive working environment.
Online technology continues to advance and change the way people communicate and interact on a daily basis.
Boccia Clubs, organisations, coaches and others involved in providing activities for children and young people and adults are increasingly using the internet and social media to promote boccia and communicate with them.
These forms of digital media and communication can provide great benefits. However, they can also pose potential safeguarding risks to children and young people and adults at risk.
Potential risks for young people
Online safety risks for young people and adults at risk can include, but are not limited to:
- Posting personal information that can identify and locate a child offline.
- Potential for inappropriate relationships between adults in positions of trust and the young people they work with.
- Sexual grooming, luring, exploitation and abuse, or unwanted contact.
- Exposure to inappropriate content, including pornography, racist or hate material or violent behaviour.
- Glorifying activities such as drug taking or excessive drinking.
What online safety means for sport
Communicating with children and young people and adults at risk online can have great benefits for an a boccia club, from encouraging a team ethos, to gaining new club members.
Unfortunately, having negative experiences online can affect a young person’s enjoyment of sport as well as their performance. Clubs should make sure they put appropriate safeguards in place to protect children and adults from potential risks whilst in their care or communicating with them online.
Creating a safer online environment
Follow these steps to help ensure a safe online environment for children and young people and adults at risk in your boccia club:
- Have an online safety policy and an acceptable use statement which includes the use of social media for staff and young people.
- Have specific procedures and specific codes of conduct for young people, adults and staff to follow that outline what’s acceptable behaviour online and what’s not.
- Ensure that everyone involved – including coaches, volunteers, administrators, parents and children – understands and complies with their responsibilities within these policies.
- Address any instances of misconduct online in accordance with your online safety and social media policy.
For more information and about staying safe online take a look at the Boccia England guidance here.
Boccia England launches School to Club Link Project
Funded through BBC Children in Need and the Masonic Charitable foundation the projects ambition across three years is to engage 720 young people from across 144 schools and has an 80% target to transition young people to community boccia clubs. The project will see the creation of a brand new boccia skills award which each young person will complete. This skills award is more focused and aligned to the development of life skills for the young people through the sport than the learning of technical skills in the sport.
It will take each young person through a 10 week award that will see them develop and improve important life skills through the sport of boccia. The award will specifically develop their; Communication - active speaking and listening; Innovation – being able to imagine and generate new ideas; Evaluation – being able to reflect, analyse, evaluate and decide; Resilience – being able to work through challenges; Responsibility – controlling emotions and behaviours. The resource developed would take each of these life skills with an added focus on Employability so supporting young people with SEND to develop key skills that would aid them gain employment and/or transition into further education.
Boccia England’s Marc Scott said, “We get to work with fantastic young people in our sport on a daily basis, and knowing the specific challenges that they faces around access to both education and employment we wanted to take positive steps to make a difference. That’s why our skills award is all about developing the young people themselves, and whilst there will of course be a benefit to the sport through an up-skilled participant base, the content and style of the award is completely oriented to the development and growth of the young people that complete it.”
This programme is structured to ensure that young people are positioned within clubs having commenced the award in their school, ensuring that they get the opportunity to practice their skills in a community setting. This will further build their employability by ensuring that they develop relationships in the wider community context, challenging the young people to set goals, plan, deliver and communicate with a range of peers and others.
If you want to get involved please contact Boccia England via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Christmas 2017 Opening Times
The office will close at on Friday 22 December 2017 and open again on on Tuesday 2 January 2018.
The last day for pre-Christmas shop orders to be placed is Sunday 17 December 2017.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all at Boccia England.
Boccia UK Performance Director
Boccia UK are seeking high quality candidates to continue the good work of Matt Hammond and lead the squad to the World Championships in Liverpool this year before taking them forward to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Boccia UK’s primary role is running the World Class Programme. It sends players to Boccia international competitions in order for players to represent Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the Paralympic Games.
The Performance Director reports into the Boccia UK Chair and is responsible for the overall strategic delivery of the World Class Programme and the attainment of goals and targets laid out in strategic plans.
The role interacts with all home country programmes, is responsible for the performance budget, leads some committee and project activity, provides reports to Board and Committees and much more.
Are you interested or know someone who might be? Please click here to find out more information.
Applications must be received by 11th January with interviews to be held on 22nd January.
Club Coach development Grants available
Boccia England values personal and professional development, and recognising that development of new skills and knowledge is at the heart of improving the quality and sustainability of Boccia in clubs.
This grant aims to support clubs in training and up skilling coaches to obtain courses and qualifications that will be utilised by the club. We are looking for coaches who are committed, motivated and determined to succeed.
WHAT CAN YOU APPLY FOR?
Financial assistance towards the costs of a Level 1 Coaching Qualification in Boccia in attending the following course;
West Nottinghamshire College, Derby Road, Mansfield, NG18 5BH
Saturday 17th February 2018
Sunday 18th February 2018 11 March 2018
Sunday 11th March 2018
HOW MUCH CAN YOU APPLY FOR?
Clubs are eligible to apply for a maximum of £200 of the course cost and only one grant per club per year is permitted.
HOW TO APPLY
Complete the application form here and return it to Boccia England by Monday 18th December 2017.
Completed applications should be emailed to email@example.com
Champion Cheltenham weekend!
Cheltenham played host to the Heathcoat Cup Cheltenham and Super League Fixture Day 2.
A thrilling day of boccia all round with 40 players across 7 classification groups!
A special thanks to all the volunteers that supported the competition.
Congratulations to everyone that took part, here are the medallists & qualifiers from Heathcoat Cup Cheltenham:
Gold - Sam Oldknow (Q)
Silver - Archie Eaton (Q)
Bronze - Fiona Hesketh
Gold - Nick Brake (Q)
Silver - Mike Daniels (Q)
Bronze - Andy Batten
Gold - Neil Pitchford (Q)
Silver - Luke Jones (Q)
Bronze - Ross Evans
BC3 Pool A
Gold - Theodore Barnard-Edwards (Q)
Silver - Victoria Bates
Bronze - Ben Morris
BC3 Pool B
Gold - Jonathan Brough (Q)
Silver - Esther Baston
Bronze - Jack Reeve
Gold - Stephen Miller (Q)
Silver - Jason Rolph (Q)
Bronze - Morgan Butterfield
Gold - Ricky Stevenson* (non english player)
Silver - Mark Handley (Q)
Bronze - Edward Grimwade (Q)
The full results from Heathcoat Cup Cheltenham can be found on the event page click here
Super League Fixture Day 2
A fantastic day of boccia was had at the 2nd Super League Day in Cheltenham. Well done to the teams that took home the medals on the day:
Last seasons champions, Southern All Stars took the gold medals again:
Promoted last season, Jorvik Boccia claimed the silver medals:
Pauls Place beat Pace A in the 3rd/4th play off to grab the bronze medals:
The full results can be found on the Super League Fixture Day 2 event page
Following Super League Fixture Day 2 the Super League Leaderboard looks like this:
The Super League returns for the Fixture Day 3 on Sunday 22nd April 2018 in Hatfield.
The next stop in the competition calendar is Heathcoat Cup Crawley and The BE Cup Crawley!
Are you ready? Super League & Heathcoat Cup Cheltenham
HEATHCOAT CUP AND SUPER LEAGUE TRAVEL TO CHELTENHAM THIS WEEKEND!
Cheltenham plays host to two Boccia England competitions this weekend: the second of five qualifying rounds of the Heathcoat Cup on Saturday 2 December, and the second fixture day of the Super League on Sunday 3 December.
The Heathcoat Cup is an exciting competition for all impairment groups (BC1 – 8) and is perfect for players wanting to start or further their competition experience with the opportunity to qualify for the Heathcoat Cup Finals in April. Classifications BC1 - 8 cover a wider range of disabilities from players with profound physical impairments such as Cerebral Palsy to players with learning difficulties.
Boccia England always welcomes new players and a player at last month’s Heathcoat Cup Sheffield summed up their first experience stating “This is my first competition, I was really nervous but I’ve loved it; everyone is really friendly.”
The Super League consists of the six top pan disability teams in the country, again with players with a wide range of disabilities. Teams earn a place through promotion from the National Boccia League and each fixture day determines placings on the Super League Leaderboard.
This season, we welcomed new teams Pace A and Rio’s Rockets into the Super League who were last season’s winners of the National Boccia League. They have joined Southern All Stars, Paul’s Place, Jorvik Boccia and Camboccia.
Boccia England organises four Super League Fixture Days across England. Each day is a standalone competition with an overall winner. Team points are accumulated over the season to decide the season Champions.
Following results from Super League Fixture Day One the Leaderboard looks like this:
Live results available via the event pages!
Look out for live updates via our Facebook and Twitter!
For more information about Boccia England Competitions visit the Boccia England website www.bocciaengland.org.uk or contact Rachael Crack 0115 9678455.